Excerpt from Memoirs of British Generals Distinguished During the Peninsular War, Vol. 1 of 2
Many differences of Opinion will probably be ex pressed as to the judgment displayed in the present selection. Some readers may say, why is this General preferred, and that General o... mitted? The answer is, that it was necessary, to make a limit, and that the Work is offered, not as comprising the whole, but as merely a small cohort from the distinguished band. It will be easy to add to the list if more should be required.
Fourteen generals of repute are included in this list. One only of the number was what may be termed old Sir Thomas Graham - and be was only sixty when he fought and Won, with marvellous promptitude and audacity, the Battle of Barrosa. The rest were in the prime vigour of their days, with strength and activity of body which seconded the energy of the mind. Without this happy combina tion of mental and physical attributes, the duties of a general in the field will hang heavily on him who has to perform them.
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